Total loan: $400


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Kenyenya, Kisii County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy farm inputs to improve her horticulture farming to use the profits to pay tuition fees for her children and brighten their future.

Mary's story

Mary, a smallholder farmer, is an honest, hardworking, loyal person who is completely dedicated to her farming work because she has a family to take care of. Mary has been farming for eight years. Over those years, she has gained much experience and is considered among the best farmers in her village. Her primary sources of income have been milk, eggs and horticulture crops.

Although she makes a profit from farming, Mary is not comfortable and has always wanted to increase her income by buying seeds so that she can plant them and sell the crops after harvesting. That is why she is seeking this loan to buy farm inputs such as seeds, to improve her horticulture farming.

Kenya's Kenyenya area, one of the country's most populated regions, has a high demand for food. This means that Mary could increase her profits and satisfy the demand for horticulture products that is there. Unlike most microfinancers in Kenya that have imposed very complicated procedures in funds acquisition that discourage smallholder farmers, Juhudi Kilimo is working closely with Kiva to make loan acquisition for a smallholder farmer easy and convenient. Through this intervention, movement of funds in the rural communities has increased, thereby alleviating rural poverty.

Mary feels inspired to continue farming and motivated to improve her life now that she is a member of Juhudi Kilimo. She thanks her lenders in advance.